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I found no evidence of VIP abuse claim, detective tells trial

Carl Beech
Carl Beech

By Tom Wilkinson

The first detective to investigate claims by a man that he was abused by a high-ranking paedophile ring could find no lines of inquiry and gave the case the official status of "undetected", a court heard.

Carl Beech, who was known as "Nick", was interviewed in December 2012 and tearfully claimed his late Army major stepfather, disgraced TV presenter Jimmy Savile and other unknown men subjected him to sexual abuse in the 1970s.

Beech (51) said he thought high-ranking Saudi diplomats were also involved, and that they may be alive, but he could not name them.

Wiltshire Police Detective Constable Mark Lewis carried out inquiries into those claims, but told Newcastle Crown Court yesterday that he was unable to take the investigation further.

In May 2013 he met Beech to update him and say the inquiry's official status was "undetected".

He told the court that was a classification for a crime where viable lines of inquiry have been explored and police have been unable to identify offenders.

In September 2013, Beech asked the detective for a crime number so he could apply for criminal injuries compensation, jurors were told.

The court was told further details about Beech's stepfather Major Ray Beech, who was briefly married to his mother in 1976.

Official Army records revealed Ray Beech had a drink problem, a history of domestic violence and a record stated he had a "personality disorder which led to him being dangerously explosive".

Jurors have been told Beech, from Gloucester, later told Metropolitan Police he and other boys were victims of a VIP Westminster paedophile ring and he had witnessed three child murders.

That led to the £2m Operation Midland investigation into his allegations. When that ended without any arrests, Northumbria Police investigated the man who made the accusations.

Beech, a vicar's son who has been described in court as a "paedophile", denies 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one of fraud.

The case was adjourned until Wednesday.

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